Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This video is one in a series that highlights some of the outstanding athletic achievements that have taken place during the long history of the Olympic Games. Athletes and their stories, countries and their culture and politics, give the series perspective on what it takes to become an Olympian. In this video, the subject is the amazing achievements of athletes from Eastern European countries. Training with little in the way of support or equipment, athletes from this region have nonetheless excelled in the Olympics. Included is archival film footage of Nadia Comaneci of Romania, Emil and Dana Zatopek of Czechoslavakia, and the Hungarian soccer team.